The August edition of the latest FIFA ranking released, Thursday, has seen Nigeria’s Super Eagles climb a step up to become the 10th in Africa and 53rd in the world.
The FIFA/Coca-Cola ranking follows matches against Tanzania and Niger, which the Super Eagles drew and won respectively.
Argentina is still the top-ranked team in the world. Belgium and Germany swapped second and third places with the 2014 World Cup winners reclaiming second place.
The top 10 teams in Africa are: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Congo, Cameroon, Egypt and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the biggest movers in the top 50 are Norway (34th, up 35) and Verde Islands (41st, up 15). A number of teams outside the top 50 have also made big leaps, namely Liberia (95th, up 65), South Sudan (144th, up 54), Nicaragua (95th, up 44), the Central African Republic (126th, up 42), the Cook Islands (166th, up 39), Georgia (110th, up 37), American Samoa (164th, up 35), Samoa (162nd, up 34), Finland (64th, up 28), Mauritania (89th, up 25), Antigua and Barbuda (83rd, up 22), Aruba (115th, up 22) and Burundi (113th, up 21).
The top 10 in the world remain Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Columbia, Spain, Brazil, Wales, Chile and England.